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Senate Agriculture Committee Moves Forward on Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act

Last month, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry unanimously passed bipartisan legislation—Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016—to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act/Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act for five years. The bipartisan reauthorization in the Senate comes after years of debate on how to move forward with … [Read More...]

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Department of Education Provides Guidance to Help Reduce and Improve Testing

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released guidance to help states and districts improve the quality of assessments and eliminate redundant and misaligned tests. Of significance to PTA, the guidance encourages Title I schools to conduct assessment literacy nights to increase understanding and communication between families and schools about the use of … [Read More...]

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3 Reasons Why PTA Means So Much to Me

A few years ago, a politician said something to me that hit me to my core and helped me find my voice. He was talking about the need for prisons and said they knew whether a child would go to college or prison by how they could read in the third grade. So I thought, if we know that children are in trouble by the third grade, the answer isn’t to build prisons, … [Read More...]

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Free SAT/ACT Prep for Students

Helps Mississippi Students (Sponsored Post) As a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force, I taught and trained men and women all over the globe, in both combat and peace-time operations. Recently, I was serving as the Air Force Junior ROTC senior aerospace science instructor at Aberdeen High School in Mississippi when I became aware of the SAT/ACT Donation Project that … [Read More...]

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5 Ways Parents Can Set Digital Ground Rules

This blog post was originally published on SheKnows.com. Kids are going online at an increasingly younger age and are more digitally active than ever. It is also more than likely that you have a child or teenager who received his or her first mobile phone or tablet for the holiday. Did you know... 73 percent of teens and 75 percent of children ages 8 and … [Read More...]

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National School Choice Week: Truth about School Vouchers

National School Choice Week is celebrated Jan. 24-30. We would like to present facts about school vouchers that are often misrepresented. National PTA has a long-standing position against school vouchers and is an active member in the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), which advocates for support of public education and against any attempts to divert … [Read More...]